Engaging Patients in Population Health Across the Care Continuum

By: Dr. Robert Wilkov

The Patient Engagement committee had a very busy and successful year. It ran an outstanding series of webinars starting in October, 2015. The webinars covered topics ranging from Patient Engagement, to Chronic Care Management, to Population Health. Webinars were well attended and set the stage for an outstanding event that was held at Stanford Event on April 5, 2016.

The webinars were run jointly with HFMA and the Bay Area Nursing Informatics Association. The webinars dealt with the following topics:

  • Overview of Population Health Management 
  • Technology Trends in Population Health Management 
  • New CMS CPT code 99490, which pays for non-face- to-face care coordination services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries  
  • Characteristics of state of the art bio medical devices used in the home and vital sign sensor data monitoring and analytics
  • Use of an automated registration process, among other tools, to ensure high levels of adoption in both the acute and ambulatory environments 
  • Implementation of online portals and other interactive tools as well as the physician adoption processes 
  • Patient Centered Medical Homes 

The 4th Annual Summit on Engaging Patients in Population Health Across the Care Continuum was held on April 5, 2016 at the Stanford University LKSC Conference Center. It was attended by nearly 200 people and was a huge success.

This NorCal HIMSS event turned out to be the largest and most exciting clinical event of the year. It focused on the key elements of the IHI Triple Aim framework.

The Keynote speaker was Dr. Kyra Bobinet, who spoke on How the Technology Revolution & Behavioral Health Will Change Healthcare. Dr. Bobinet is an Author and CEO of engagedIN. Attendees received a free autographed copy of Dr. Bobinet’s new book entitled Well Designed Life: 10 Lessons in Brain Science & Design Thinking for a Mindful, Healthy, & Purposeful Life.

The other morning keynote was a Patient Engagement Success Story by Kristina Sheridan, Department Head, MITRE Corporation and her daughter Kate Sheridan. This was a true story about a several year intense effort by Kristina and Kate to help doctors get to the bottom of Kate’s care chronic illness that Kate experienced as a child.

There were four Concurrent Panel Discussions entitled:

  • Patient Engagement / Patient Experience moderated by Thomas Felch, Senior Manager, ECG Management Consultants
  • Managing Wellness in the White Space moderated by Kristina Sheridan, BS, MS, Department Head, Enterprise Transition Planning, MITRE Corp.
  • Payer Challenges: The Role of Health Plans in Improving Patient Engagement and Outcomes moderated by Laura Clapper, MD, MPPA, CPE, Regional V.P., Anthem Blue Cross
  • Chronic Care Management moderated by Nik Tehrani, PhD, V.P. Business Development, DynoSense Corp

  • The afternoon keynote was a talk entitled Population Health and Chronic Care Management from a Payer’s Perspective given by Laura Clapper, MD, MPPA, CPE, Regional Vice President, for Client Commercial Strategy, Anthem Blue Cross 
  • The other afternoon talks were: 
  • Managing Across the Continuity of Care by John McInally, Vice President & Partner, Philips Healthcare 
  • mHealth for Improving Chronic Cardiovascular Care by Steven R. Steinhubl, MD, Director of Digital Medicine, Scripps Translational Science Institute 

Executive Management of Japan Post Insurance Company attended the event.

Attendees at this program received certificates for 4 CEUs. 

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